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threat to the schools and the northern virginia economy is sequestration. economists predict up to a half million jobs could be lost in the d.c. area. that would lead to vacant buildings and a sharp decline in commercial real estate taxes which is a major source of funding for local governments. foust grew up in johnstown, pennsylvania where steel mills created a bustling economy. today the mills are abandoned and jobs are scarce. >> it has certainly been nice to have the federal government fall back on the government contractors and government employment, but personally i'm from an area that relied on the steel mills until it was too late and there was no diversification. the steel mills closed. i don't want to see that happen to fairfax county. we want to diversify our economy and be less dependent on government contracting in the long run. >> reporter: peggy fox, 9 news now. >>> a passenger's erratic behavior causes a united flight bound for dulles to make an emergency landing. that flight coming from denver had to land 13 minutes earlier last night. we talked with one passenger who w
that could put the economy back into recession. and those cuts are likely to hit our region disproportionately hard. >> i'm bruce leshan on capitol hill where worried demonstrators from across d.c. urged house speaker john boehner to compromise with president obama and avoid direct budget cuts. >> jobs, no cuts. >> reporter: more than 100 protesters. >> 47%. this is the vietnam veteran. >> reporter: organized by the group rdc. crowded the hallways outside the house speaker's office. >> i have three children. >> reporter: april thomas was homeless up until two years ago when federal help finally put her young family in an apartment in southeast. >> now i'm told that it will be a possibility that i might end up back where i came from. >> reporter: the speaker staff locked the doors. but a spokesperson says that they proposed a responsible and balanced framework to avert the fiscal cliff. bruce leshan, 9news now. >>> it was the worst oil spill in our nation's history and today bp says they will pay $4.5 billion for that deadly oil rig explosion in the subsequent massive oil lea
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